My World and Welcome to It

Season 1 Episode 5

The Night the House Caught Fire

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Oct 13, 1969 on NBC
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The Night the House Caught Fire
When Lydia comes down with a bad cold, John takes the opportunity to try to show her that people with vivid imaginations are better off than those who approach life from a more "realistic" point of view. The story of "The Unicorn in the Garden" doesn't seem to work, so John relates the story of his great-grandfather, who not only was a prolific storyteller but managed to get the fire department called out when he was trying to attend to young John's sniffles.moreless

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Douglas Fowley

Douglas Fowley

Grandpa (as Douglas V. Fowley)

Guest Star

Vic Tayback

Vic Tayback


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Joe Besser

Joe Besser

Fire Chief

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • John: Every time I hear of the Nobel Prize being awarded for medicine I think of the common far, the only progress made toward finding a cure for the common cold has been the totally inadvertent discovery that a hot rum toddy, taken occasionally, won't do a single bit of good, but it isn't a bad idea. However, in the case of juvenile victims, this method is frowned upon unless they can produce a driver's license. Has it ever occurred to you, as a reflection on our civilization, that no one in this country is allowed to become intoxicated until they've learned how to drive a car?
      Lydia: Daddy, are people who see things and daydream, are they, well, normal?
      John: No, they're much better than that. Why, for heaven's sake, they're the artists, the poets, the bums, the cream of society. They get a lot more out of life than normal people. For one thing, they're never lonely or cold or hungry, because they've got their imagination to keep them warm and to keep them company. And, don't you believe for a minute that because they see things that you don't, that those things aren't there.

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    • The Thurber stories used for this episode are, not surprisingly, "The Unicorn in the Garden" and "The Night the House Caught Fire."